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The ups, the downs and the same

When it comes to criminal activity in the city of Cheney, 2016 is somewhat of a mixed bag of statistics. According to Police Department numbers, through June 30 there have been 290 uniform crime report offenses filed, compared to 289 through the...

'Grillin Our Ace Off'

Jarms Ace Hardware held its annual "Grillin' Our Ace Off" fundraiser event, Aug. 13, raising money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which help children like Maddie Clarkson (left), who...

Residential expansion

Cheney's newest residential development is also one of its oldest. City planners have issued a notice of application, along with a mitigated determination of non-significance (MDNS), for the View...

Airway Heights gears up for annual festival

The city of Airway Heights is celebrating its 33rd annual festival, Aug. 19-20. For this year's event, dubbed "Airway Heights Days," the city's parks and recreation department wanted to do focus on...

Harland is Medical Lake SCOPE volunteer of the year

Officials at the Medical Lake-Espanola SCOPE (Sheriff's Community Oriented Policing Effort) office have selected Frances Harland as the office's volunteer of the year. Harland has been a part of the...

Cheney council OKs vehicle purchase and pre-purchase

Vehicle purchases were the order of business at a short Cheney City Council meeting Aug. 9. Council unanimously approved a Police Department request to purchase a 2016 Ford Interceptor all-wheel drive SUV from the Columbia Ford Government Sales...

Shift of Trading Company to Yoke's will take time

As announced July 11, the Cheney Trading Company store was part of a four-store acquisition by the Yoke's Fresh Market chain. But following the official change of ownership on Sunday, Sept. 11, don't ...

Construction at grain loading facility a wrap

The big crane is finally gone and that's good news out at Four Lakes for the Highline Grain Terminal, and for the region's wheat farmers, too. It was just about 14 months ago that the massive...

Bluegrass beside Medical Lake's blue waters

The Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival celebrated its 15th year at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake, Aug. 12-14, and featured acts from around the United States and Canada. The festival kicked off with a...

Monday pick up

From left to right: Phoebe Short, Hailey MaGalsky, Ryan MaGalsky, Connor MaGalsky and Naomi Short pose with some of the litter they picked up Monday morning along Washington Street near the Eastern...

West Plains Police News

Cheney Aug. 8 Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 400 block of First Street. There was damage to a sign. Second-degree theft/unauthorized use of a debit card was reported at the Cheney Police Department. Aug. 9 A 1992 Honda Accord...

Cheney welcomes CHAS

Contributed photo by Cheney residents got a sneak peek at the Community Health Association of Spokane(CHAS) clinic at 1720 Second St. during an Aug. 9 open house. During the open house, Cheney Mayor...

Airway Heights commission gets US-2 revitalization, bond updates

The Aug. 10 Airway Heights Planning Commission meeting agenda included no actions items, but several updates. Development Services Director Derrick Braaten informed the commission that staff held an open house on July 21 to gather citizen input for...

News briefs

FROM STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES Cheney downtown water work to wrap up Crews with Accelerated Construction are scheduled to wrap up work on Cheney’s “Water Bore Project” on State Route 904/First Street as early as next week, Aug. 22-26. The...

EWU 2016 Volleyball Schedule

At Bulldog Invitational - Starkville, Miss. Aug. 26, Lamar, 3 p.m. Aug. 27, Kansas, 8 a.m. Aug. 27, Mississippi State, 5 p.m. At Grand Canyon Tournament - Phoenix, Ariz. Sept. 2, Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. Sept. 3, Cal State Fullerton, noon Sept. 3,...

Eastern soccer thinks they are up to a challenge

The turnaround has been swift for Eastern Washington University soccer in the previous two seasons under head coach Chad Bodnar. Now, surpassing expectations seems to be commonplace for the team. A...

Classic Kupp

Eastern Washington University's All-American wide receiver Cooper Kupp delivers one of his trademark stiff arms to Jake Hoffman during Tuesday morning's preseason training camp practice for the...

Jois signs to play pro in Estonia

Eastern Washington University’s all-time leading men’s basketball scorer, Venky Jois, signed a contract Aug. 9 to play professionally with Tartu Ulikool/Rock, a club located in the European country of Estonia. “I’m excited to actually be a...

Four second half goals earn EWU win over UBC

The Eastern Washington University soccer team erupted for four goals in the second half against the University of British Columbia to win an exhibition contest, 4-1, on Aug. 13 in Cheney. Junior Savannah Hoekstra scored two goals in just 48 seconds...

Michael King is set to guide Eastern volleyball

It's certainly been a tumultuous time for Eastern Washington University volleyball the past several seasons. But the ups and downs that surrounded the return for former head coach Wade Benson, his...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE FOOTBALL EWU Preseason Practices Thursday, Aug. 18 – 9:15 a.m. & 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 – 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 – Scrimmage, approximately...

President is wasting America's energy windfall

Oil imports could soon be a thing of the past. That’s the main takeaway from a new report from Nordic consulting firm Rystad. Researchers estimated the total recoverable oil reserves still buried under American soil. The final figure is...

Airway Heights Recreation Center can be benefit to many

The dream of Airway Heights having its own recreation center is one step closer to becoming a reality. Airway Heights’ Proposition 1 bond initiative, which would help fund a proposed $13 million recreation center, is expected to pass with 61.12...

Investors want high tech companies to save water

Recently, Bloomberg reported that investors in massive data centers are making water availability a critical measurement in their decisions — especially in drought-ridden California. Data centers, giant buildings packed with servers which power...

ML Circuit Breakers host summer camp for incoming middle school students

The Medical Lake High School Circuit Breakers robotics team hosted a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) camp for incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in the...

CHS alum starts Kappa Sigma chapter at Eastern

Noah Ziemann started as the kid who graduated from Cheney High School in 2014, then went on to Eastern Washington University to just get a degree and move on with life. That mentality changed when he ...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1891, E.R. McKenzie bought 250 acres from William H. Marshall for $8,000. He established the Broadview Dairy just east of the town of Marshall. Learn...

West Plains Briefs

Kids Bingo for school supplies Sunday, Aug. 21 The Knights of Columbus of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish is holding a free Kids’ Bingo afternoon Sunday, Aug. 21, beginning at 1 p.m. at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Building. There is no fee to play,... Full story

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • Aug. 19, Light Fitness Hour (Adults 50+), Wren Pierson Community Center, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 19, Baby Play & Learn Storytime (ages 0 – 18 months), community library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Aug. 19, Summer Outdoor Movie:... Full story

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 17, 2006 The Cheney City Council gave the go-ahead for Mayor Allan Gainer to sign the Golden Hills 4th Addition final plat, which included 47 single-family houses and a city park. Sandy and Joe O’Hagan decided to take over the...

Churches

Cheney United Church of Christ Grant Smith, long-time church member, will be delivering the sermon, “Our Consolation,” Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. His presentation will involve some special music. Our new quiet fans will help to keep us...

Margret Grace Fischer

Margret G. (Rosenzweig) Fischer passed away quietly on Friday, July 29, 2016 surrounded by family. Margret was born to Carl and Helene Rosenzweig on Sept. 8, 1923 on a homestead near Cheney. She... Full story

JoAnn M. Ableman

JoAnn M. Ableman, 85, a former Punkin Center community resident and a resident of Cheney, passed away on July 24, 2016 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. JoAnn was born on May 31, 1931... Full story

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